India is unlikely to revoke a ban on the cellular model of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) following PUBG Corp’s choice to withdraw the cellular recreation’s publishing rights in the nation from China’s Tencent, a senior authorities official mentioned on Friday.
PUBG Mobile, a preferred on-line multiplayer battle recreation, was amongst 118 Chinese-origin apps banned by New Delhi earlier this month.
That led PUBG Corp, the unit of the South Korean agency behind the sport, to announce it could not give Tencent Games the rights to publish the sport in India. It additionally mentioned it was exploring methods to present gaming experiences to Indian customers in future.
The new possession construction is, nevertheless, unlikely to change issues instantly, mentioned the supply, declining to be named as he was not authorised to communicate to the media.
“The violent nature of the game has been the cause of many complaints from all quarters,” the supply mentioned. “That does not change with the change in ownership rights.”
A spokeswoman for PUBG Corp in South Korea mentioned the corporate was intently reviewing India’s considerations and that it was prepared to work on something that wanted enchancment.
The firm has additionally been in talks with Jio Platforms, the digital unit of Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries, to carry the sport again in its greatest market by customers.
“We had initial talks with Jio Platforms to seek for cooperation opportunities, but nothing has been decided yet,” the PUBG spokeswoman instructed Reuters.
Reliance didn’t reply to a request for remark.
While formally New Delhi says it has banned the apps as a result of they accumulate consumer knowledge and pose a menace to nationwide safety, the transfer is extensively seen as a means to strain Chinese tech corporations following a months-long standoff between India and China alongside a disputed Himalayan border.